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Other Ways to Get Involved

SumofUs.org suggests the following ways you can help Athleta “get the message”:

1. Call Athleta’s customer service line at 877-328-4538 and say “operator” When you get an answer, let Athleta know that its parent company, Gap Inc., needs to sign a binding agreement to protect Bangladeshi workers. Some talking points:

  • The binding Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement is now the industry standard. More than 40 companies have signed on.
  • Non-binding, corporate-controlled codes of conduct have failed Bangladeshi workers for 20 years. A non-binding agreement is more of the same. Only a binding agreement can reform the garment industry in Bangladesh.
  • Many of Gap’s top competitors have signed the agreement, including H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Zara, and Benetton.

2. Click here to write on Athleta’s Facebook wall. Here are some examples of messages you can leave for the company, or you can write your own.

  • Athleta needs to make a stand, right now, to ensure that tragedies like Rana Plaza never happen again. Gap should stop trying to undermine the agreement by preventing it from being legally binding. Sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement.
  • I will not shop at a store that gambles with people’s lives. By refusing to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement, Athleta and Gap Inc. are displaying a disgusting level of greed. Stop putting lives at risk and sign now.
  • Athleta (and parent company Gap Inc’s) refusal to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement is a disgrace to the company, and to everyone involved in decision-making. Shame on you. Stop dragging your feet and join the many other companies that have already signed the agreement. 

3. Email Kindley Walsh-Lawlor, Athleta parent company Gap Inc’s vice president for social responsibility, at Kindley_Walsh-Lawlor@gap.com, or Eva Sage-Gavin, vice president for employee relations, at Eva_Sage-Gavin@gap.com. Some talking points:

  • The binding Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement is now the industry standard. More than 40 companies have signed on.
  • Non-binding, corporate-controlled codes of conduct have failed Bangladeshi workers for 20 years. A non-binding agreement is more of the same. Only a binding agreement can reform the garment industry in Bangladesh.
  • Many of Gap’s top competitors have signed the agreement, including H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Zara, and Benetton.

4. Sign the petitionWalmart and Gap: Do your part to put an end to the murders of garment workers in Bangladesh